Frequently Asked Questions
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What is gluten?
Gluten is a general term to describe the proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. For the more technical reader, gluten is made up of different prolamin proteins found in certain foods. These prolamins include gliadin (in wheat), secalin (in rye), and hordein (in barley). Rice and corn also contain prolamins, but they are not harmful to those sensitive to gluten.
Should I be on a gluten-free diet?
This is a question that must be answered by a doctor through proper diagnosis. Why? Well, many of the symptoms connected to celiac disease or gluten sensitivity are not exclusive to these diseases. It’s possible that something else may be going on in your body and if that’s the case, you need to know. If you’re regularly experiencing any of the symptoms listed on our Symptoms Page, it may be worth looking into seeing if a gluten free diet is right for you.
There have been dramatic changes to the way our food is processed since the 1950’s. These changes are believed to be the reason gluten sensitivity and Celiac Disease are on the rise. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness predicts Celiac Disease to reach as high as 60% of the population by 2019.
How does the gluten-free diet work?
In the most simple explanation, it means to eat a diet completely free of all types of gluten associated with Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance. With that being said, it’s not quite as easy as it sounds. Gluten is in beverages, medications and even cosmetics. This is why it’s important to have a proper guide and handy resource of what to eat and avoid. It’s also important to know that a food is not healthy simply because it’s gluten free. Some gluten free foods are as unhealthy as foods with gluten. We have put together a program that combines gluten free eating with clean eating, so when you go gluten free, you do it the right way.
How is a gluten-free diet different than other dieting programs?
Just because a food is “gluten free” doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthy. A lot of gluten free foods brands replace the gluten with more sugar and fat to compensate for texture and flavor. This can be very misleading when you think you are eating healthy. GlutenFreeDaily has addressed this issue and others by creating a custom gluten free diet. Your guide has considered the glycemic load, sugar content, fat content, carbohydrates, and sodium content, for all foods, ensuring you the healthiest diet possible.
Is calorie counting a part of the gluten-free diet?
Whether you are eating gluten free or not, it is important to know what a calorie is and how it can affect you. First off, a calorie is a measure of energy. As we all know, our bodies need energy to function on all levels. But, these energy levels are different for everyone, therefore, the amount of calories each individual needs to consume is different. Gluten free or not, the goal is to consume the same amount of energy your body needs to function, not extra. Extra energy doesn’t disappear, it is stored as fat. Now, here’s where it gets a little more complicated. Calories are not all created equal. A simple example, do you think a 100 calorie banana is equal to a 100 calorie candy bar?…NOPE! Different calories go down different metabolic pathways in our bodies. Good calories feed muscles and promote weight loss, while bad calories can raise insulin levels and promote weight gain. So, to land the plane, do calories matter on a gluten free diet? Of course they do, BUT, if you’re eating healthy calories, they’re much less to worry about.
I’m vegetarian, do you have a plan for me?
We definitely do. We have a large recipe database filled with simple easy to make recipes. These recipes are made with fruits, vegetables, legumes, gluten free grains, seeds, and nuts. We believe these foods are many of the healthiest foods in the world, so we incorporate them in almost every meal. All recipes are designed to be easily adjustable.
How long does your program last?
After determining your individual metabolism type, our program begins with a 5 Day Fat Flush. This process will help rid excess free radical toxins stored in your body. A healthy body is ready for healthy changes. For this flush, you are provided with a custom diet plan promoting natural foods rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and angiogenic inhibitors. Next, you will begin our True 28 meal plan, 28 days of clean eating. In this stage, we will reintroduce your body to all of your favorite meals properly substituted with clean healthy ingredients. Between these two steps, the total program is 32 days. But, we don’t quit on your there. We want your early success to transition to long-term success. No yo-yo dieting! We’ll provide a 10 Week custom meal guide to help you maintain your success. You will have our resources, recipes, helpful tips, and guidance at your fingertips. If you have a hiccup (we all do at times,) we’ll be right here to get you back on track.
Can I cancel at any time?
Yes! You cancel at any time, if you are not experiencing success with our program within the FREE TRIAL period, you will not be charged! We are so confident our program will work for YOU that we will put our money where our mouth is. In addition, for all you long-term members, you can cancel your membership ANYTIME with absolutely ZERO cancellation fees!
Is it possible to lower blood pressure with diet? If so, how?
A proper diet has been proven to lower blood pressure. Decreased weight often translates to decreased blood pressure. Your waistline also plays a role. Excess weight in this specific area can put you at a higher risk of increased blood pressure. But, even better than a proper diet is a proper lifestyle. Do you smoke? Do you drink? Do you exercise? Are you stressed? Do you consume excess caffeine? All of these can play a role. High blood pressure is a serious issue. Be sure to consult your doctor before using any program.
What are the symptoms of celiac disease?
There’s quite a long list…better check out our gluten symptoms page that explains the effects of gluten in more detail.
Where do I buy gluten-free food?
Everywhere! Most natural foods are gluten free: fruits, vegetables, organic, meats, organic dairy, legumes, and nuts. You’ll usually find these foods on the side and back walls of your local grocery store. Since the success of the gluten free diet, most major food brands now produce gluten free products, so specialty products like gluten free flours, etc, are also widely available. Can’t find a product, shop online. You’ll find great prices and they’ll ship right to your door step.
How do I figure out which manufactured food products are gluten free?
You definitely want to read the ingredient label of everything you purchase. This is a good habit, regardless of whether you’re buying gluten free or not. It’s important to know what’s in your food. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t want to eat it. If you need further help, we’ve provided articles on how to read a food label. We’ve also provided lists of “unknown ingredients” and whether they’re gluten free or not. Don’t let your guard down on label reading, companies often change their ingredients. Something that was once gluten free, may not be in the future.
If I am on the gluten-free diet, can I still eat out at restaurants?
Of course! Did you know roughly 70% of restaurants have gluten free menus. It’s good to choose places that specialize in the kinds of foods you can eat, meaning you probably don’t want to eat a place specializing in corn-dogs. In addition, you can order simply prepared fresh foods and avoid breaded and batter-coated foods unless label gluten free. Be cautious of sauces and don’t be afraid to ask the chef about any other questionable ingredients. Ask questions like “Does it have flour in it?” You’d be surprised at the responses you’ll receive.
What is cross-contamination?
This is when gluten-free foods touch non-gluten free foods. Cross-contamination can occur when over the counter gluten free products are being manufactured with the same machines that produce non-gluten free products. Luckily, most food labels will warn you of the possibility of any cross-contamination by using a statement including “may contain” or “made in a facility which also produced wheat…” If you’re still unsure, call the manufacturer. There phone number should be on the label and it only takes a minute to call.
On the other hand, it can also occur at home or local restaurants. Imagine a pizza place for a minute. If your gluten free pizza is produced on a counter previously dusted with regular flour, this may affect you.
When at home, make sure you properly wash any utensils that may be cross-contaminated. Be mindful of appliances like your toaster. If it has a bunch of crumbs from non-gluten free bread, clean it out. These crumbs can affect you.
How do I know if I have celiac disease or I am gluten sensitive?
Once again, this is a question that should be answered by your doctor. If you’re regularly experiencing any of the symptoms listed on our Symptoms Page, you may want to consult your doctor. In addition, if you’ve already begun eating gluten free and are experiencing positive changes, it’s still important to consult a doctor for multiple reasons. (1) If you have Celiac Disease you need know. This diagnosis affects how serious you need to take this diet. (2) You also want to know if there’s another issue at hand. These symptoms aren’t exclusive to the gluten free diet.
Are gluten-free products safe for individuals with wheat allergy?
It’s not quite that simple. Wheat allergies are different from gluten sensitivities. People with gluten sensitivities are usually affected by gliadin and glutenin protein fractions, while people with wheat allergies are usually affected by wheat albumin and globulin proteins.
It’s probably safe to say that most of the time a gluten free product is safe for the wheat allergy individual, BUT it’s NOT ALWAYS the case. In rare cases, a person with a wheat allergy can have a reaction to a gluten free food. Therefore, consult a doctor for a test that will determine which category you fall in.
Is there a correlation between diabetes and celiac disease/gluten intolerance?
Celiac disease occurs in 1 in 100 cases in the general population, BUT, it occurs in 1 in every 10 people with type 1 diabetes.
We do know that diabetes is diagnosed when blood sugar is too high. The blood sugar needs to come down and generally requires constant medical care to achieve it. Here’s where we see the connection. Our program promotes the elimination of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars, both of which cause blood sugar spikes. We would like to believe that with the proper clean eating diet, cases of type 2 diabetes will reduce.
If you have diabetes, do not put yourself on any program without consulting a doctor. In addition, medications are often affected by a person’s weight. If you’re on medication and you lose or gain weight, your medications may need to be adjusted. You can put yourself at serious risk without consulting a doctor.
What’s the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance?
Externally, these two conditions may seem very similar. They both can lead to the same external (non-intestinal) symptoms. These may include, fatigue, bloating, ADHD behavior, abdominal pain, foggy-mind, headaches, rashes, joint pain, depression, diarrhea, constipation and many more.
Internally, there is a difference. For people with Celiac Disease even a tiny bit of gluten will send their immune system into attack mode and the small intestine is the victim. People with gluten intolerance do not experience this damage.
The facts of gluten intolerance (also known as Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity) are unknown. So how do you know if you have it? A confirmed diagnosis of gluten intolerance is when someone tests for Celiac and the results are negative, BUT experiences relief from a gluten free diet. Like Celiac, the only treatment for this condition is to follow a 100% gluten free diet.
Celiac Disease is on the rise and now effects roughly 1 in 100 people. Some doctors project gluten intolerance may effect upwards of 50% of Americans.